Public finance attorney Melina Kennedy last Friday left the law firm Baker & Daniels LLP, where she had practiced for three years, to launch her campaign for mayor of Indianapolis.

 “I want to make a difference in this city,” she said in a statement.

Kennedy was deputy mayor under former Mayor Bart Peterson, as well as his director of economic development.

Kennedy is expected to be tapped by county Democrats to be the challenger to Republican Mayor Greg Ballard, who is nearing the end of his first term. Ballard has said he will run for re-election.

Also expected to run are former City-County Council member Ron Gibson and current council member Jose Evans, according to local reports.

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